Press Release Writing Exercise 2

INTERNAL

For more information contact

Robin S. Pittman

West Virginia University

(555) 556-555

robin.pittman823@topper.wku.edu

 

For release after 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

 

Faculty, staff, and students,

As the new president of West Virginia University, I feel the need to address the rumors involving the false degree giving of Governor Joe Mancin’s daughter Heather Bresch and former West Virginia University president, William Garrison.

After investigation from the university and the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, it was found that Bresch failed to finish the required amount of hours for her EMBA degree.  Garrison, who was Dean of the Business School at the time, reported that that Bresch had completed her hours and she had not been given her degree because of a mistake in her transfer records and a failure to pay a graduation fee.  Garrison said he fixed the error and gave Bresch her degree as soon as she paid the graduation fee.  Shortly after, Garrison was appointed university president.  The university and Post-Gazette still continued their investigations, finding that Garrison’s report on the situation was false.  According to the Post-Gazette, Garrison had been covering up for Bresch in exchange for the promotion to university president from the governor.  Garrison was then fired and Bresch’s degree was taken away.

Although it saddens me that one of our own members of West Virginia University has had to leave because of such a thing, I am still looking forward to my new role as university president.  My first task as president will be to make sure no scandal like this one happens again on this campus.

Go Mountaineers!

Mark Dalessandro

West Virginia University President

EXTERNAL

For more information contact

Robin S. Pittman

West Virginia University

(555) 556-555

robin.pittman823@topper.wku.edu

 

For release after 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

 

CLARIFICATION OF BRESCH RUMORS

New West Virginia University President Mark Dalessandro would like to address the rumors involving the false degree giving of Governor Joe Mancin’s daughter Heather Bresch and former West Virginia University president, William Garrison.

After investigation from the university and the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, it was found that Bresch failed to finish the required amount of hours for her EMBA degree.  Garrison, who was Dean of the Business School at the time, reported that that Bresch had completed her hours and she had not been given her degree because of a mistake in her transfer records and a failure to pay a graduation fee.  Garrison said he fixed the error and gave Bresch her degree as soon as she paid the graduation fee.  Shortly after, Garrison was appointed university president.  The university and Post-Gazette still continued their investigations, finding that Garrison’s report on the situation was false.  According to the Post-Gazette, Garrison had been covering up for Bresch in exchange for the promotion to university president from the governor.  Garrison was then fired and Bresch’s degree was taken away.

“Although it saddens me that one of our own members of West Virginia University has had to leave because of such a thing, I am still looking forward to my new role as university president.  My first task as president will be to make sure no scandal like this one happens again on this campus,” states Dalessandro.

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